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A new study from the Becker Friedman Institute has challenged the economic benefits of energy efficiency for consumers. “The study of households who received federal subsidies to “weatherize” their homes found the efficiency investments cost far more than they save. So consumers may not be irrational when they pass up such investments: the programs simply aren’t as beneficial as… Keep reading →

Airlines Face Rapidly Rising Fuel Costs

The EPA have begun the process of regulating greenhouse gas emissions from the largest domestic commercial airlines. “But some fear the ultimate approach may prove too weak. The agency released a proposed “endangerment finding,” meaning that it is suggesting that aircraft engines may “contribute to the air pollution that causes climate change and endangers public health and welfare.” That’s what the… Keep reading →

Freezing Temperatures Continue To Grip The Country

Lower oil and natural gas prices have yet to find a floor since plunging last year. Oil prices, both global bench mark ICE-traded Brent and New York Mercantile Exchange traded West Teas Intermediate (WTI) crude prices have plunged by around 40 percent since this time last year amid decreased global oil demand and a supply… Keep reading →

Duke Energy Buys Progress Energy In $13 Billion Deal

Duke Energy has pleaded guilty to environmental crimes, agreeing to pay a $102 million fine over years of illegal pollution leaking from coal-ash dumps at five North Carolina power plants. “Duke Energy appeared Thursday before a federal judge in Greenville, N.C., Thursday to settle criminal charges stemming from its 2014 coal ash spill into the Dan… Keep reading →

Santa Ana Winds Stoke Wildfires In Southern California

Federal officials said dozens of drums of radioactive waste at a weapons laboratories in Los Alamos, New Mexico are stable after showing some signs of chemical reactions over the past year.”The drums are being closely monitored after a container with similar contents broke open in 2014, resulting in a radiation release and the indefinite closure… Keep reading →

Prince Charles Visits Qatar - Day 2

In recent years, Qatar – with a population of only 2 million –  has become the quintessential heavyweight in the global liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry. The small Middle Eastern country has been the world’s largest LNG exporter since 2006, and has made spectacular profits, particularly from 2011 to mid-last year, riding the crest of record… Keep reading →

Boom Goes Bust: Texas Oil Industry Hurt By Plunging Oil Prices

Cowboys, frontier grit, accented English, and wild, wide open spaces are just a few of the similarities shared by Texas and Australia. Both places also have an energy-water problem. But, the good news for Texas is that it’s not too late for us to learn from Australia’s mistakes – and a few successes, too. In… Keep reading →

Oil Prices Continue To Rise With Demand

Royal Dutch Shell’s $70 billion purchase of Britain’s BG Group – if approved by regulators – will make the energy giant the biggest global producer of liquefied natural gas. “Shell, already a leader in liquefied natural gas (LNG) for shipping and transport, will meld BG’s gas reserves, including assets in Australia, Brazil and Africa. That will… Keep reading →

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Gail (India) Ltd., the country’s largest state-owned natural gas processing and distribution company, is looking to buy seven liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargoes for delivery from Oct. 2015 until Dec. 2016, the company disclosed at the end of March. According to the tender agreement, deliveries are to be split between India’s Dabhol, Dahej and Hazira… Keep reading →

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It’s been a long, hard winter for wave energy, with reports of failure and retrenchment streaming out of Europe. But, hey, it’s still summer Down Under, and Australia has delivered a rare sunny wave story. The question is whether the Carnegie Wave Energy system near Perth – it officially began piping energy to the grid… Keep reading →

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